I was 18 years old. A lady who worked in our house, cut her hand fixing dinner. My boyfriend was doing his residency in medicine and he felt she needed stitches. We took her to the hospital so he could stitch her up and he let me watch. I must have gotten very impressed, because I suddenly fainted. When I woke up, I saw my boyfriend, a nurse, and the lady who worked in my house standing over me. I was lying on the floor, and they were holding up my legs. As I fainted I fell and hit my eye on a sink, so my eye and face hurt. When I realized what had happened, I asked how long I had fainted. My boyfriend said it was only a few seconds. I was very confused because in those few seconds, I saw a whole game of soccer. The game was between my school and another school's soccer team. It wasn't like a dream where weird things happen out of order. It was a complete game, in consecutive order, and one that I think usually takes 2 hours? I don’t know much about soccer, so it is whatever time soccer games take. It all happened in a few seconds. It wasn't a soccer game that I had seen before; it was a totally new game. I am now in my fifties, but I still can remember that moment because it was so strange. It's as if time was totally different. What does this mean? Does something like this happen to all people that faint, or is this like an out of body experience? Dr. Long, I read your book, ‘Evidence of the Afterlife.’ I want to thank you for studying what happens after we die. I have always believed in life after death; maybe it's because I am Jewish and we believe in reincarnation. Anyway, your data has erased any doubts I may have had. Thank you for helping all of us feel happier and less anxious. Warm regards, Carol
Date NDE Occurred: 1978
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No. Other: Fainted
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
Did you feel separated from your body? No
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? While I was unconscious, because I fainted.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
Time seemed to go as normal, usual time goes, except that I feel it must have gone faster because I saw a soccer game in the few seconds I was unconscious because of fainting.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? No
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. It was the same as everyday vision except that a whole soccer game happened in just a few seconds.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. The same as everyday hearing. People were shouting and screaming at the game.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I saw my male, alive, friends playing soccer.
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt excitement at watching my schoolmates playing, it was like watching a normal soccer game. I didn't feel peace or pleasantness. It was more like excitement.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? No
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Not important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Jewish
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Jewish
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you fear death after your experience? I slightly fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Unknown
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Slightly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? That experience did not really change me, but with age I do see life totally differently. That experience did not really change me, but with age I do see life totally differently.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Very few people.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No Not at that age.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I felt the experience was completely real, but always wondered if it was just a symptom of fainting.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I feel the same as before, except that Dr. Long answered my email and confirmed it wasn't a symptom of fainting.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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